Joseph Langton and Stacy Stray from The Valhounds joined us at the studio to talk about their beginnings and their future projects.
Also they gave us an amazing unplugged version of their already famous "Everybody Knows".
Dazed & Confused
A casual conversation with Joan Smith & the Jane Does.
We heard Sunset Ave, The Fallaways' new album coming out July 2020 and we are not allowed to say much until then. What we can say is that the album sounds fantastic!!!
The Fallaways are thrashy, energetic and mischievous punk rockers from Vancouver, BC. They are inspired by the sonic freedom of Green Day and Fall Out Boy yet their sound is completely refreshing. Their music emulates the feeling of taking a shot of whiskey and kissing your crush for the first time.
The band has garnered some impressive accolades such as 130,000 listens on Spotify alone for the debut 2017 EP. Additionally, their winter single Alive was featured on Spotify revered Ready to Rock playlist. The young band has opened for icons such as The Lazys, Red Fang and Loverboy as well as securing support slots with Dune Rats and Royal Tusk. Their success is well deserved as the band is always brewing up new material that derives straight from the basement of their souls.
The Fallaways previous EP, Skiddish showcased they know how to party. With their latest single, Let Go, The Fallaways are showing what happens after the party. Their next EP, Sunset Ave (once again produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR) aims to take listeners down a darker, more vulnerable path than before. The band is packed to the brim with talent and depth. Their music is fuelled by infectious and untamed energy.
Sunset Ave showcases a different side of the band, illuminating their diverse skills. More emotional material is featured and the tone suits them. Every single has a corresponding video providing a full sensorial experience. The Fallaways represent everything good, fun and honest about the holy genre of punk rock.
FB: BRKN Love
We spoke with Justin Benlolo, singer and lead guitar player of BRKN Love about his band's new album coming out this year. You cannot miss them playing live. Check out the dates they have online to catch them on tour.
We will follow up with them after their show with a concert review.
Music Overload Justin great having you here with us today, let us have a casual talk and from there I will be asking some questions to get to know you better is that ok?
Justin Benlolo Of course! Sounds great!
MO Justin, We know you moved to NYC and then moved to LA, do you mind sharing with us a little more about that period?
JB For sure, man! Therefore, I dropped off by year 12th, I was very lucky to find a mentor at an early stage of my life and he convinced me that it was the right time so I moved to NYC, met many people but of course, there is not enough space to practice there. I felt that the right place to begin into the rock scene was to move to LA and get closer to the sunset strip life.
My mentor had many good contacts there but then I had to move back to NYC because the label was there. I had to leave my LA band sadly but in NYC, my manager helped me to find a bunch of people after recording the album. I did the guitar and voices and two of my friends helped me on drums and bass to record the album as a trio.
MO I see that you are playing a couple of festivals during the summer with Metallica and Rob Zombie headlining. Are you excited to see how everything is going this fast?
JB Of course! We recorded the album, and now we are being played in radio stations and everything. After all my travelling while finding my voice and my style, you know, I spent a good amount of time at NYC and in LA but now I am very happy how everything turned out to happen.
MO Do you think you needed a lot more material to write about? More to live where you can come up with more stories to tell?
JB Yeah, to be honest, I do not like writing about love songs or girls or that kind of stuff. Therefore, I needed to have some existential crisis to write about.
MO Is that where BRKN Love comes from as a name?
JB Well, it describes more or less the type of person I am. Not because I can’t love or anything but by the fact that you might be afraid of pouring your heart into something and realizing that it was you the one that is not able to make it work as in a friendship or in a relationship of any type
MO Shot down was the first song I heard, are you playing a Les Paul there?
JB No, there is not even one Les Paul throughout the album.
I am using a Gibson 339 in the record. By the time we were recording, I did not own one, and now I have two of them.
MO Yeah, I saw you have a golden top on your videos.
JB I was playing it right before our interview.
I can tell you what we use on stage as a band. We use a lot of earthquaker devices. They are in Ohio; they make a bunch of overdrives and fuzz pedals.
We use plenty of little amps, no Marshals, no Boogies. Only small ones. That makes the live sound a lot fuzzier. We use small tiny Fenders and Voxes.
Well, you know what? In the album actually, we use a tiny 1-watt amp of the size of a toaster. Made by a film projector company or something. I do not know the name but the whole sound in Shot Down is coming from that little angry toaster… brutal sound.
MO That is a filling rusty sound. I was not expecting a small amp.
JB We just crank the little amp and it gives you a lot more fuzz in a more organic way instead of a pedal sound.
MO Exactly, just like generator parties with Kyuss and all the beginning of stoner rock down by Joshua Tree in California.
JB For sure. I love Queens of the Stone Age; Josh Homme is my hero… My google searches are “How to sound like Josh Homme”
MO We all do the same, I guess.
JB Yes, of course, everyone wants to sound like him… who does not wants to play like those guys?
I listen to Queens of the Stone Age almost every day.
MO I also saw that you are into Kiss. Tell us more about that.
JB Well yeah, I have a big Gene Simmons doll beside my bed. He has always been there. Kiss began almost everything for me. When I was like seven my uncle showed me all these videos of theatrics, Gene spitting the blood and explosions… etc. I was watching superheroes but doing music. My mind was blown.
MO Have you seen the Scooby doo episode?
JB For sure! The movies are also hilarious.
Whatever brings some money to Gene Simmons there he is in the market.
To seven year old me, they sounded as the heaviest band I have ever heard then.
They are bad-ass on stage and probably the reason I grabbed the guitar for the first time.
I have seen them live more than 15 times
MO Is that the band you have seen the most?
JB Foo fighters, I follow them. I fly to see them everywhere I can.
MO Do you remember the Struts? They opened for the FF here in Toronto a couple of years ago at the Rogers Centre.
JB Yeah! They are so good!
Someone sent me the album a couple of years ago and I was so surprised by the amazing sound they had… bringing rock again.
MO Justin, what should people expect to listen to in the new album? And on stage?
JB Well, we do not have 11 songs that sound like Shot Down so it is not a linear record. We have a fresh sound with many riffs. Everything in the record sounds kind of groovy. Some heavier moments and of course a ballad that I really like. People will see the depths of what we can do and that we are not only a group of people playing some riffs and singing high notes.
The live show will have many spins to make it interesting. We add some stuff to the recorded songs and yes, we jam a lot. We do a lot of guitar solos and drum solos. We have a lot of crazy stuff going on during the live presentation.
People will feel they got crushed over the head for a little more than an hour.
The new album is almost entirely played at our show including new songs that we haven't played on stage before.
Lee’s palace is going to feel like home to me. I’ve been to so many shows there but never played there before. I am looking forward to play in town for my friends and family.
MO Justin its been great meeting you and learning more from you. All the best in all your projects and see you the 27th of February at Lee’s Palace.
JB Thank you! See you there!
Filled with humour, profanity, sex, and plenty of stereotypical glam rock, Steel Panther presented their new album (and a funny sketch of a rock band) at the Rebel.
With songs like Let me Cum in, Death to all but Metal, and Gloryhole, the band presents an irreverent yet super fun show charged with sex jokes, sex jokes and more sex jokes.
Lexxi Foxxx fixes his hair every time he stops playing the bass between songs or even in the middle of a song. Michael Starr compares himself with Vince Neil from Motley Crue while Satchel makes sure to pick the right girl to bring her onstage. Of course, at the end of the show, all the girls are invited to come onstage.
The Panther seems to be a band that comes back from the ’80s but the band was conceived in the early 2000s in LA.
While watching the show you might feel they are just an old band, or that they are making fun of hair rock bands.
However, the show ends up being so honest and hilarious that you just forget to think about all this crap and go on and enjoy every second of the greatest Heavy Metal band in the history of the world.
Yeah, I know....
Presenting their latest album, Death Atlas, Cattle Decapitation delivered in December a dark and powerful show of Deathgrind metal at the Opera House.
Songs like The Geocide and One Day Closer to The End of The World were played to a frantic audience that wanted more from Cattle Decapitation.
The message of the new album is still on the same line as it has always been since the band’s creation back in 1996, all the issues that we bring to our world as humans and the lack of respect for different lifeforms including animals and plants.
The band constantly remember us that sustainability is the only way our society might survive sharing the world with others.
At the beginning every member of the band was vegetarian, with this new lineup half of the band is still is but of course it becomes difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while leaving a metal show at 2 am every night while on tour.
Our contribution to the planet destruction is a common theme in the band’s rhetorical, contrary to what most of non-metal heads would think. The purge of our world and the latent problematic are going nowhere, and with this album, we can see that Cattle Decapitation is here to stay as well.
Meaty riffs, explosive melodies, raw, energetic and persuasive Rock & Roll. That's a good approach to try to explain what music these guys are doing but still not enough. In order to understand the music of this L.A. rock-stars, you need to check them out live at one of their shows. (TOUR DATES)
We saw them for the first time in Heavy Montreal and their on-stage energetic performance is flawless. Later on we had an amazing interview with guitar player John Notto (INTERVIEW) and saw them for the third time performing last week with Skillet and Alter Bridge completely destroying the Rebel and blowing everyone's minds off.
These guys are not goofing around, after recording their first label-less EP earlier this year, they have been touring around with Slash, The Who and by the end of this month they will be sharing stage with Guns n' Roses at Las Vegas! That's a lot more than the new kid on the block would love to achieve in a couple of months.
I can't say it in any other way. Rock n Roll never left and finally we are witnessing the strong rise of bands like Greta Van Fleet, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and the list keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Marc, Justin, John and Corey are here to stay and one thing I can promise, we will be hearing more and more about Dirty Honey's strong bluesy riffs in the upcoming years.
Make sure to follow them and listen to their new release:
"Slash can hear me play guitar right now" John Notto -Dirty Honey
We spoke with John Notto, guitar player of this amazing new band called Dirty Honey who is killing it all over the place!
Do not forget to get your tickets for their show on September 30th with Alter Bridge and Skillet at the Rebel here!!!
Follow Dirty Honey in all their platforms for more information about the band and for tour dates near your area.
Music Overload - It seems like you guys are on your way to becoming big - playing in a lot of festivals, (played in Montreal and coming back in Toronto again). Opening for Slash and also recorded an EP last year which was very successful. Tell us how it all came together?
Dirty Honey (John Notto) - It started from playing at bars and small venues off to the side. We were juggling with the line up of the band until it was right. Once we got Corey we knew we can start looking at this more seriously and look at different projects. Then it kinda snowballed from there. We recorded our demo at a professional studio and we did a live music video at capital records (we thought it would look good). That got the attention of our manager who was a very good friend of Mark (lead singer) for years from playing hockey together. I didn't grow up playing hockey (where I came from people didn't play hockey that much) but in other places in L.A it seems like they play hockey everywhere. Hockey actually connected us to a lot of other people (one billionaire who plays hockey with Mark came to our show as well). Our manager we have known for about couple of years and after the demo and the video was completed - he came to us and together we realized that we are not just a "bar band" or a "small venue band" anymore. We connected with different people, opened for Slash and then it just snowballed from there to where we are now.
Mo - Did you feel at one point that Dirty Honey is off to something much bigger?
DH - First big thing that our manager got us was an opening gig for Slash last October and I think our manager was trying to show how serious he is about managing us. It's crazy that our first big gig was opening for Slash. The audience was huge. Before the show we sold like 5 T- shirts. During the show when we played and Slash came out the whole place erupted. After the show we sold like 60 T-shirts and people were coming up to us - (they probably don't understand how merchandise works haha) and they were exchanging other T shirts with our T shirts. That was really crazy. We were hanging out after the show and everyone was buying us shots. I remember Mark at this point told me that "This just feels right". I think Mark wanted to say "I love you man" haha.
MO - How was it like to play with Slash?
DH - I mean it was a little scary because when I was playing on stage I kept thinking to myself Slash can hear me play guitar right now haha.
MO - What keeps you guys together/motivated as a band?
DH - I think it's the common dream that we have and what we are doing together (making music, touring, having fun) keeps us together. Corey (drummer) we have known for two years and Justin, I and Mark have known each other for longer. We are all friends and there's all other little things that we learn slowly about each other by spending more time with each other on the road. I would say our common dream and objective is what ultimately keeps us together. I remember talking to Justin one day when we realized we were moving up in the music world, and we both agreed that we wanted to give it our all and see where it goes.
Mo - In the last decade or so, a lot of people say this band is fresh and that band is different. When we hear you guys play - we are just blown away. Not because it's "fresh" for some reason but it's just pure rock music, embracing the classic rock style but sounding so cool and awesome at the same time. It seems like you guys are not afraid to be called pure rock n roll and in fact you guys embrace it. What are your thoughts on that?
DH - I feel like the music that we play is how I feel as a person. Rock n roll that we play sounds like how we are all the time as a band because it's just fun. It's loud and fun and not necessarily dark. As rock music evolved from the 60s to further down the road it became heavier and a bit darker in a sense. Then it had a nice return in the 90s but afterwards it was more mainstream industry sounding. I was always stuck on the way to how it was done before. It was a lot of fun and to me it just feels right to play that kind of old school, funky guitar played with distortion. I like Van Halen, AC/DC and the way the riffs groove. We like that style.
MO - Filtering the blues?
DH - Yes absolutely but we are not doing the way the Rolling Stones did it but for sure blues and all music that we listen to influences us.
MO - What should the fans expect at your show?
DH - We didn't come here to have a bad time (with a laugh) we expect and hope our fans to have a great time with high energy rock n roll. We like to deliver what we played in our records but also provide a little different bits here and there - kinda like how Jimi Hendrix, Brian May used to do it. At the end of the day I am here to make our show exciting, bring up and shake up our fans and have fun in the process.
MO - What's the next step for the band?
DH - Bigger tours and graduate to headlining tours. New records and singles and keep pushing hard. We have done singles that we pushed to the radio and (I am not a very self bragging person) but rock n roll radios seem to play our singles a lot.
MO - What are you listening to these days?
DH - I have been listening to a lot of Ryan Adams. I really like their lyrics and their guitar. I think they are good at writing lyrics. Guys who write about painful break ups but do it in a non-cliche way is just beautiful and that's Ryan Adams - he just has a gift. Someone told he recorded like 50 songs for his latest record and then filtered from there - which is incredible. I am listening to another band (they are like progressive rock and relatively new) - they are called "Once and future band". They are like Psychedelic, progressive rock style and I have been listening to them a lot. Our producer likes prog rock a lot too.
MO - How was it to work with your producer Nick?
DH - It was a paradise location, we got to get away from our daily life and focus on the record. He is patient, knows where everything is moving towards and understands what we are trying to do. He is open to experimentation with guitars and drums. He is exactly what we wanted.
MO - What shape would you use to define your music?
DH - We are like the unexpected part that ended being way more amazing than what everyone expected. It feels like that for us.
Funny, passionate, surprising, interesting, clever.
This show was all those things and much more than that!
Here come the mummies present a complete show of extravaganza from beginning to end. No time for breathing. Specially, forget about the option of staying on your chair, these guys know how to keep people dancing. Coming out of the grave with much more energy than many so called alive people, the Mummies take over the stage without asking for any permission.
Long live the Mummies!
Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave" is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).
Since their discovery HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America.
Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.
Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, for Here Come The Mummies.
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